Emily Whewell works on the transnational movement of people and law across British imperial frontiers. She explores British extraterritoriality in China in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and its legal connections across Asia. She also examines extradition practices in the British Empire, focusing on how fugitives in China, Hong Kong and Trinidad shaped imperial regimes.
Emily studied for an undergraduate degree in History and Politics at the University of Newcastle (2008) focusing on global and East Asian history. She completed a Master’s degree in Chinese Studies at the University of Oxford (2010), developing Chinese language skills and specializing in nineteenth century Sino-foreign legal encounters. She obtained a language scholarship from the Ministry of Education in Taiwan enhancing her Chinese language studies in Taipei (2010-2011). She was an affiliate member of the ERC research project ‘Carceral Archipelago: transnational circulations in global perspective, 1415-1960’, and completed her Ph.D. in History at the University of Leicester (2015).